first hydropower plant of Nepal.

Though Nepal has not yet been able to tap even one percent of its potential electricity capacity and 60 percent of Nepal’s population is still deprived of electricity, it is fascinating to note that Nepal’s start in 1911 in the hydropower generation almost dates back to a century……Deepak Adhikari

Actually,  I was really excited.
Super excited to go to Pharping after so long time back.
It was some years back and  I was really fascinated by its beauty. And this time, I was excited for something new, and exciting.


Actually, Pharping is known for oranges, Choerospondias axillaris (lapsi) and beautiful landscape. And, lets not forget that, it lies on the way to famous Dakshinkali Temple ;one of the main temples of Nepal and its the land of Nepal’s first hydro-power plant 🙂

Pharping Hydro Power was established in 1911 as Chandrajyoti Hydro-electric power station by Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana.Plant was Inaugurated by King Prithvi Bir Bikram Shah Dev on Monday, 22 May, 1911at around 6: 30 Pm by turning the lights on during a program in Tudhikhel, Kathmandu. Nepal Electricity Authority took over Chandrajyoti Hydro-electric Power Station and renamed it Pharping Hydro Power Station and had since been smoothly running the power station till the late 1990s when it was considered that the aging power station needed to be converted into a heritage site.In 2010 it was declared a Living Museum by government of Nepal and was open for public…. from wikipedia


On the sunny day, its a great place to visit. It’s just some minutes far from the crowded city and we can see the natural landscape and human made landscape. Oh! it’s better re-written as our ‘grandfather’ made landscape, from where we learned noting’.  They made such great change at that time but now that reference point is lost and ignored. And we are in power crisis now.


I was really excited for seeing landscape, meeting beautiful girl, seeing the old hydropower station, talking to some faces whom I was not able to talk openly, taking beautiful photographs. I don’t know the exact reason but I was excited.

The powerhouse started long time back and now everybody in Nepal knows the situation of power/electricity usage. In actual, we had harnessed and utilized our resources long days back but we became lazy and did almost nothing to utilize our resources. However, these days micro-hydro system is becoming increasingly popular as an energy source in rural Nepal.

It’s century old historic power station’s station

Actually, we were in the field of  surface water-groundwater interaction. We were vising other places also but this station was really interesting to me. But still I don’t know why I was so excited to visit this site.

note: If you want to learn some more, about this hydropower station, then see  Details of the power station by nepal energy forum


2 thoughts on “first hydropower plant of Nepal.

  1. This is a beautiful and interesting post. I lived in Nepal during the month of July, and it was one of the most eye-opening, inspiring experiences. I love your photography, and your photos reminded me of what a gorgeous culture Nepal has. I actually have lots of photos of my trip on the blog as well, if you’re interested:

    Thank you for sharing, and I wish you all the best 🙂 Looking forward to future posts!

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